Women Veep Contenders Rock, But There Are Some Standouts

While the 2020 Presidential race is rightly taking a back seat to our united efforts to quell the coronavirus outbreak, one issue that is still hovering is who would Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, select as his Vice Presidential candidate. Former Vice President Biden has pledged to select a woman as his VP.

Through the lens of the last two weeks, social media is generally very supportive of the rumored short list of VP contenders, however, a few stand out from the field. While Representative Val Demings, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth have some of the highest positive numbers, their volumes are low which does not bode well for voter support. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is in a full brawl with Presdient Trump earning her the moniker of "that woman from Michigan" from POTUS and the ire of Trump supporters, resulting in a drubbing in social. Similarly, fellow Governor from Kansas Laura Kelly is sitting in the cross hairs of Kansas conservatives for closing schools due to the coronavirus outbreak, however, Kansas conservatives appear to have backed off out of concern for their children.

The standouts in volume and sentiment are California Senator Kamala Harris, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Stacey Abrams, who came close to upending Georgia politics and nearly grabbing the Governorship. Of the three, Amy Klobuchar leads the pack pulling 77 percent positives from social media. And while Senator Harris edges out Klobuchar in volumes, Klobuchar has a 15 point advantage over Harris in positives over the last two weeks. Stacey Abrams challenges Klobuchar for top positives and trails by a slim 2 percent at 75 percent positives but is pulling half of the volume of opinions, which is a critical metric for adding fire to the campaign.